Had a look at Tewkes creek on Monday for the early run up of the rising tide before heading to the point. The weather was a real mixed bag and at one point with the grey sky above, south west wind and showers it felt more like a late Septembers day rather than July, autumnal indeed.
As I was scanning over the last areas of exposed mud searching for any small waders being pushed up by the tide there were several Little Egrets arriving and I was taken back when I noticed one individual bird wearing a colour ring combination. The Little Egret here in the image above and below was the first colour ringed Little Egret I have seen.
The combination was left leg: red and right leg light green, it appeared to have alphanumerics but the bird was just to far to be able to read the codes even at 50x.
These photos are poor and were the best I could get as the bird was a long way off and I kept loosing it in amongst the channels but they provide you an idea of what they look like for those of you who haven't seen any colour ringed Little Egrets before. So now I have to try and find who is using this combination and so I can try and find out this birds history.
There were a few waders present with over 170 Redshank being the most numerous also plenty of Blackwits peaking c60.